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Teee

347d

so I’ve started trying to get exercise in and I feel so awful every time. It’s truly disappointing. My symptoms get so much worse afterwards. Is this anyone else’s experience? If so, what has helped you.?

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    • Emerald_star

      310d

      I find exercise really hard and I don’t find a lot of benefit from it for myself. Walking my dog and playing with him is great and then some yoga. I feel good with those things. I might do some crunches or push ups a bit but not too much. I’ve been managing my weight with my calorie intake.

    • Emerald_star

      310d

      I find exercise really hard and I don’t find a lot of benefit from it for myself. Walking my dog and playing with him is great and then some yoga. I feel good with those things. I might do some crunches or push ups a bit but not too much. I’ve been managing my weight with my calorie intake.

    • 55isMe

      320d

      Keep trying, slow and steady. Its been 4 years now, but last year, i skipped the Tilt Table Test because I started to have improvement after being closely exposed to COVID. I slid a couple months later, when i actually contracted COVID. Well, yesterday, i had a day mostly free of POTS symptoms.!!!! I picture it as a slow climb up a big hill. And now i had time at the top (almost back to where i was 4 years ago). Today, not so great, but if it can happen once, it can happen again. Just keep trying.

    • K2OTRL

      340d

      For me it depends on the day. On a really bad day I have to be careful not to push it. One thing that works for me in meditation in the recovery position for 10 minutes following my workout. This was a game changer for me it helps reset my heart rate before I continue with my day. If I skip it I feel horrible and my HR stays elevated.

    • ruby_dooby_doo

      342d

      What kind of exercise have you tried? I would avoid anything strenuous. I've been increasing my walking this past week and it has me feeling great, but anything other than leisurely walking sends me into a flare. I've been trying to be more healthy so I can hopefully get even a small fraction of my life back but it's slow going. Definitely make sure you aren't overdoing it. For us potsies exercise isn't as exclusively beneficial as most normal people. But there are things we can do that help, even if it may only help a little bit. 🙂

      • Teee

        341d

        @ruby_dooby_doo I’ve done recumbent bike usually for 15-20 min then I’ll do leg raises on my side, kick backs, glute bridges with a band maybe I’m over doing it?? Even with the bike I’ll get chest pain. It’s sucks because I’m also pregnant so when I get symptoms I get gun shy of anything because I don’t wanna but our baby at risk of fetal tachycardia

        • ruby_dooby_doo

          341d

          @Teee I get that, I'm also pregnant so I understand. I would honestly try going really slow on the bike if you do the bike, or maybe try going for walks. Pregnancy can also make POTS worse for some people (it did for me) and sometimes you've gotta take it easier during pregnancy to avoid flare ups. It sucks but there are ways to safely exercise you just gotta find what's best for you. You may be able to do more than I can. But I'd try your normal routine but slower, then if that doesn't work, try taking things away or shortening time. If that doesn't work try something milder like walking or swimming.

    • Pet_Semetary

      346d

      I've had so much trouble with exercise, and honestly, I find that doing a conventional 30+ min workout is waaaay too much. Sometimes just going on a short walk or doing a 5 minute work out gets me moving but isn't enough to make me feel really bad (I mean idk if it's the same for you) but honestly, just recognizing that I can't work out the same as an able bodied person is okay.

    • ThatJJ

      346d

      Don’t give up! Research the Levine protocol for POTS. Remember you won’t feel great after every workout and that’s ok. You have to make the decision if you want to feel like crap without exercising or feeling like crap with exercise and doing something nice for your body. I’ve been doing Levine protocol for a couple of months and I promise it gets easier.

    • auroraven

      347d

      I could write essays about how much this very dilemma has affected my health but I don't assume you'll want to read paragraphs on paragraphs 😂 So instead here's my tips and actionable thoughts. Biggest and most importantly- don't be afraid to alter workouts to accommodate yourself. POTS makes it incredibly hard to change positions and so much of exercise requires that. Big thing for me is seated or laying exercise so if I do faint I'm not in as much danger. I found a stationary bike super helpful. I lift weights laying down. A lot of leg and upper body motions can be done laying on your back so look for those and see if that helps. Also make sure you're staying up on electrolytes BEFORE exercising. Most people need to replace electrolytes as they sweat but if you have pots having a Gatorade or an electrolyte tab before you start can help give you a head start. Also remember that any progress is good progress. If all you're able to is 1 rep of something, that's better than no reps. It doesn't matter if what you can do looks like what you see in your friends or in the media, if it's progress for you that's valuable and so incredibly incredibly worth it

    • Ticketbooth.sys

      347d

      I started slowly because when I tried to exercise like able-bodied people my symptoms worsened drastically. Never push yourself further then needed. Set a heart rate goal and don't pass it. And watch how your body reacts. Again Never push yourself further then your body can handle. I believe in you.

      • Teee

        347d

        @Ticketbooth.sys I don’t wear a watch but was thinking I probably should at least while I’m exercising! I appreciate you, truly!! Thank you friend ❤️❤️

        • Ticketbooth.sys

          347d

          @Teee no problem. And you don't need a watch. If your able to find your heart rate in your neck or wrist counting the beats for 15 sec then multiple that by 4 and that's your beats per minute. That's what I did before my heart rate monitor came in the mail

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One user shared their doctor's suggestion of using a recumbent bike, starting with five minutes in the morning and five minutes at night, gradually increasing the duration. Another user recommended trying stretches on the bed or swimming as a low-impact exercise option. It is essential to start slow and listen to your body to avoid exacerbating symptoms.

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